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Posted on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

Police find no evidence of gunshots outside Dream Nite Club in Ann Arbor

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police investigated a report of shots fired outside the Dream Nite Club in downtown early Sunday but found no evidence of a shooting.


Police say they found no evidence of a shooting at Dream Nite Club early Sunday.

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Lt. Renee Bush said officers responded at 2 a.m. Sunday to the club, 314 S. Fourth St., after receiving multiple calls reporting gunshots outside the club.

Bush said officers arrived and discovered many people leaving the bar in a hurried fashion. However, none of the witnesses on scene would speak to police regarding the report, she said.

There were no shell casings or other evidence to indicate gunshots had gone off in the area, she said. No injuries were reported, Bush said.

Dream Nite Club has had its share of violent incidents in the past year, including a stabbing on the bar’s dance floor and a shooting in a nearby parking lot. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Timothy Connors placed a restraining order on the club’s operations, forcing the bar to close for two weeks.

City officials have previously sought to declare the club a nuisance and have it shut down.

The owners of Dream, Jeffrey Mangray and his son Vickash Mangray of Ypsilanti, filed a $3 million lawsuit against the city of Ann Arbor in January. They also are suing the police department, police Chief Barnett Jones, City Administrator Steve Powers and the city's former administrator Roger Fraser. The owners say officials have made false allegations of illegal activity at the business, subjected it to heightened scrutiny by police and harassed it because its owners and customers are racially diverse.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 1:49 p.m.

Let's just wait until someone winds up a chalk figure on the sidewalk. Let's see how comfortable the Mayor will be with that kind of ART

Mike Carry

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 3:47 a.m.

Bush said "officers arrived and discovered many people leaving the bar in a hurried fasion" its 2 am the bar is closed, patrons should be leaving.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:43 a.m.

Anybody who has ever played in a band or booked an event at a club knows that chances are they are going to screw you at the end of the night.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

@AngryModerate: Yes, on On Nov. 8, 2008, the Chinese Student Association and Filipino American Student Association hosted a club night at Studio 4 to celebrate the organizations' events that weekend. The student organizations had negotiated a contract with the club's management to divide the night's cover: 50 percent going to Studio 4, and 50 percent to be split between CSA and FASA. At the end of the night, Lai and FASA president Ashley Manzano approached Mangray to collect their share of the cover. Jeff, however, refused to pay Lai and Manzano the amount agreed upon in the contract. Full story:


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 11:14 p.m.

Hmm, what exactly does "racially diverse" owners and customers mean? Sounds like mumbo jumbo to me - a ploy & false claim to exploit the law. If ever gets the chance, I hope you ask Mssrs. Mangray what they mean by their statement. Better yet, let them explain in court as they pursue their law suit against Ann Arbor. There's a peaceful neighborhood just 1/2 a block south of this bar: maybe the residents will file their own $3 million lawsuit against the Mangrays.


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.

This was during St Patrick's Day night festivities, I was leaving Rush Street a local bar on main street and parked in the fourth and william parking structure and also heard something that sounded like gunshots, but they were not gunshots they were multiple Ford Mustangs in the parking structure revving their engines and one backfired a few times. If I did not see it I would've also believed they were gunshots, but the fact of the matter is that were cars not gunshots. It was also kind of funny to see the crowd run from the parking structure.

4 Fingers

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 5:08 p.m.

Funny thing is, they have such a bad reputation that a backfiring car is believed to be gunfire in the vicinity of that club. So what does that say about the people's perception of said establishment?


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 11 a.m.

I ignore evidence that doesn't fit with my pre-conceived theories....


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 5:24 a.m.

This is evidence that there were no "shooters"


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:41 a.m.

Good report. This is further evidence the shooter(s) weren't from Ann Arbor as Priuses don't backfire.

Angry Moderate

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 9:47 p.m.

Racially diverse? Isn't this the bar that ripped off Asian students on a fundraiser or something?


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

Corrected headline: "Police find no evidence of gunshots outside Dream Nite Club in Ann Arbor... This time."

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:56 p.m.

There's always tomorrow


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:51 p.m.

I'd so enjoy a rollicking evening of swaying to the smooth rhythm at Dream Nite Club, but shockingly no one has asked me yet.


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:48 p.m.

"......... a shooting in a nearby parking lot." That parking lot was NOT bar property and the Dream-Nite management had no duty to prevent that incident nor could they. This establishment is being unfairly targeted by government officials such as City Attorney Steve Postema and Judge Connors, who shut it down without a prior hearing. "..........multiple calls reporting gunshots outside the club." Do they have caller ID at the police department to track who is making these calls? Sounds like it could be someone trying to convey an impression of ongoing violence at the location. I am happy to hear of this federal lawsuit because it seems to me these poor proprietors may be in the process unfairly of being run of of town.

Jimmy McNulty

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

Where there's smoke, there's usually fire.


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 10:17 p.m.

I'm guessing roadmans paycheck comes from Dream.

Angry Moderate

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that everyone was leaving in a "hurried fashion" when police arrived, after multiple callers reported a shot fired. Only upstanding law-abiding citizens attend this bar, of course, there could never be any problems there.


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:39 p.m.

Nobody name the Elephant in the room. Postings may be barred.


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

Snitches Get Stitches, eh? Suuuuure, no shots were fired. The perp was probably on his way back OUT OF TOWN by the time Johnny Law showed up but his local buddies stuck around to be sure nobody talked.